Mom turned in son for stealing from neighbor

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A mom turned in her own son for stealing from a neighbor.

The woman told police $600 worth of lawn equipment was sitting in her house and it was her son who swiped it.

Carlos Armstrong, a woman who lives in the neighborhood, knows being a good mother means teaching your kid a lesson at times.

“You want to teach your child to be responsible, to be a productive citizen, and to you know just do the right thing,” Armstrong said.

Police said when a mother found her 15-year-old son behaving badly she called police on him.

“I don’t fault her for doing that because it’s the right thing to do you know,” Armstrong explained.  “You try to train your children up, try to teach them the right things, but it’s the child who ultimately makes up their own mind.”

WREG dug up a police report revealing the teen’s mom found a stolen lawn mower and hedge trimmer in her house.

The lawn equipment was stolen from a home in the 4400 block of Cloudburst.

The person who lives at the home filed a report last week detailing she was robbed while out of town.

“I imagine she’s probably embarrassed about it as well. I know I would be,” Armstrong said.

The teen didn’t act alone.

According to police, 19-year-old Jaquario Herron was also a part of the heist.

A woman claiming to be Herron’s mom answered the door when WREG went to his home.

The house was right around the corner from the robbery.

“He robbed a neighbors house? Jaquario never robbed anybody’s house,” the woman yelled.

When WREG tried asking more questions, the woman slammed the door and never returned.

“Well now that you say they lived in that house, the police stay there all the time,” Armstrong said.  “So it’s no big surprise.”

Both of the guys are charged with aggravated burglary and theft.

Herron is expected in court on June 26 and is locked up on $7,500 bond.

It is unclear if the 15-year-old will face charges as an adult.